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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Brunch Bites: New NOSHables and Brunch for Lunch at Big Jones Restaurant

In this week's latest batch of brunch (and brunch-adjacent) news, The NOSH debuts a new noshable and Big Jones amplifies its lunch menu with a little help from brunch.


Chicago's newest way to brunch is by noshing at The NOSH. The weekly food market in Wicker Park brings together a broad mix of movers and shakers in the city's food scene, amassing a tasty melting pot of eclectic eats for guests to peruse and sample. The roster of food vendors is always shifting, augmenting some weekly staples with newcomers and keeping the roster fresh. It's not brunch in the traditional sense (no bottomless mimosas here), but rather a fun alternative and a unique space to get your fill of weekend morning grub. The latest entry to The NOSH pantheon is Starland, a new restaurant from chef Theo Gilbert of Ripasso and Terragusto acclaim. Starland will dazzle attendees this Saturday with housemade squash cappellacci strewn with brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies, as well as slow-roasted pork sandwiches with arugula and rosemary oil. Other noshables this weekend include fresh tamales from Mixteco Grill, contemporary Asian eats from Bento Box, and two competition barbecue aficionados: Fat Kat'z BBQ and Head's Red BBQ. The NOSH is free to attend, though dishes obviously cost money. This isn't your living room, guys. It takes place every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


One of the world's greatest injustices is that brunch is not an everyday repast like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes you just wake up in the middle of the week craving brunch and all the delicious lethargy that accompanies it. Why should anyone be deprived of this? Thankfully, Big Jones addresses these cravings by adding weekend brunch dishes to its weekday lunch menu, allowing patrons to get their mid-week fill of eggs and griddled goodness. While the restaurant's fried chicken Boarding House Lunch has been madly popular, chef/owner Paul Fehribach has been looking to expand his lunchtime offerings, and where better to turn than brunch? After all, brunch is basically just lunch's sassy, indulgent sibling. For his latest menu additions, Fehribach turned to some of his favorite brunch recipes, including eggs New Orleans, buckwheat banana pancakes, breakfast pozole, and omelettes.


Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones
(Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones. Photo: Big Jones)

Neighborhoods: AndersonvilleLakeviewBucktownWicker ParkWicker Park

Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Chef Raul Arreola (ex-Topolobampo, Fonda del Mar) serves up fine moles and other superior sauces at this upscale casual Mexican cafe.


The NOSH is a weekly food market held every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park. Created by "Chief Nosher" Alan Kannof, the festival brings together a...


The latest concept from acclaimed chef Theo Gilbert (Terragusto, Ripasso), Starland dazzles guests with a unique brand of locally sourced Midwestern comfort food in a Bucktown space reminiscent of a...




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